Rogue Squadron () is the first novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It is set at the beginning of the New Republic era of. Rogue Squadron () is the first novel in the Star Wars: X-wing series. It was written by Michael A. Stackpole. It is set at the beginning of the New Republic era . Unlike the previous books in the series, it has many connections with the Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron comic series, and serves as an informal epilogue .
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They are sleek, swift, and deadly. The are the X-wing fighters. And as the struggle rages across the vastness of space, the fearless men and women who pilot. The X-wing/Wraith Squadron adventures comprise one of the most popular series in the Star Wars Legends universe, and now these ten thrilling novels are . Star Wars, X-Wing Series, ALL 9 BOOKS: Rogue Squadron + Wedge's Gamble + The Krytos Trap + The Bacta War + Wraith Squadron + Iron Fist + Solo.
This changed recently when my brother decided he wanted to run a play-by-email Star Wars RPG, and though that never really got off the ground, it did inspire me to start another project of my own set in that universe. At one point in said project I needed to check a reference, and rather than cruise over to Wookieepedia, for some reason I pulled this book off the shelf.
Flipping through the pages brought back old memories, so, both to indulge these and to capture the ambience for my own work, I decided to read it. As I did, I was reminded of everything that a Star Wars story could be, if only its creators were more concerned with their characters and the richly fertile world they inhabit than with the potential marketing implications.
Taking the three films as gospel, they proceeded to dutifully enmesh their own stories in the ever-widening web of characters, planets, and plotlines so that the whole universe maintained an indelible, cohesive feel.
You could pick up almost any Star Wars book and be instantly transported to the place you well knew from the screen.
Let me give an example of how Stackpole succeeds: Early on in the book, as Wedge Antilles the only man with two Death Stars painted on his fighter sets about reorganizing the famed Rogue Squadron, his new recruits are undergoing simulated exercises, including the Redemption scenario. Old-school fans will, however, recognize the mission Corran and his squadron mates are flying from the original X-Wing computer game, right down to the formations of the enemy fighters that one gave me fits as a kid; I never could beat it without cheating.
Fortunately there are books like this one, where that original thrill can still be found. It is by no means complex, but it neither purports nor needs to be. As usual for these kinds of things, old spoilers apply. The X-Wing books are pretty easy to divide based on which author is writing them.
Michael A. Stackpole mostly focuses on Rogue Squadron, an elite X-Wing squadron originally founded by Luke Skywalker, but commanded by Wedge Antilles in the books. Advertisement There are ten books in the series, divided into two sub-series and three standalones.
In it, Wedge founds Wraith Squadron and leads them in a bunch of undercover missions to stop the evil Warlord Zsinj—remember him from here? Next, Allston has Wedge and three of his friends play ambassador to a bloodthirsty but strategically important planet in Starfighters of Adumar. Incidentally, the Yuuzhan Vong War marks the point at which I stopped being a completist reader of the EU, and started only picking up books by authors I already liked and trusted.
I hate the Yuuzhan Vong. Advertisement The X-Wing books have the lowest ratio of silly to good things of any of the classic EU books.
I mean, unintentionally silly. For example, while Grand Admiral Thrawn has—both in our world and in a galaxy far, far away—become basically the patron saint of magnificent bastards, his books are also where we got Luuke, the psycho clone of Luke Skywalker grown from the hand he lost in The Empire Strikes Back.
Advertisement The most ridiculous thing about the X-Wing books is Corran Horn, who is an elite pilot, former cop, and secret Jedi. Damn is he one Mary-Sue-looking motherfucker. Advertisement But, generally, the X-Wing books are noteworthy for pointing out and then trying to remedy the worst gaffes of the EU. Allston may be the king of the Star Wars retcon.
He also fixed another problem with that book, which was that the Super Star Destroyer Iron Fist is destroyed twice—once at the start of the book, and again at the end. He even manages to tie them both together by making the first explosion a fake gambit on the part of Zsinj to download himself time by looking defeated. Yes, I am still shocked that this mistake made it past everyone involved in The Courtship of Princess Leia, and it took a different author to fix.
Advertisement And in Starfighters of Adumar, Allston also explained how Wedge could be with Qwi Xux in the Jedi Academy trilogy Stackpole also pointed out how gross that was in I, Jedi and then end up married, with no explanation, to someone else in a later book.
While Han, Leia, and Luke appear every so often, the focus on these books is on characters that either never appear in the movies or have no appreciable personalities in them. I love Wes Janson with my entire soul. He half turned to glare accusingly at Tycho. Get Wes up to an emotional age of fourteen, maybe fifteen.